Funds for Forests

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Conservator of forests, Eliki Senivasa during the national REDD+ program workshop hosted by the Ministry of Forests at Holiday Inn in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU


FIJI has been approved to receive forest carbon funding and has proposed an emissions reduction program (ERP) to be implemented on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

The Fiji national REDD+ program said the funding was made available by the forest carbon partnership facility, which assists developing countries reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and assist in conservation, sustainability and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

"Fiji is aiming to reduce and remove around 3.6 million carbondioxide emissions with three major activities between 2019 and 2024.

"The three major activities include reforestation, forest conservation and sustainable harvesting," a statement said.

"The Fiji ERP places high emphasis on the generation of co-benefits which includes strengthened food security, improved ecosystem, strengthened informed decision-making capacities, diversified income sources and the conservation of social and cultural values.

"All activities of the program will be implemented within a land use plan which will be developed with local communities and involved stakeholders."

The statement said the planning process would follow the national land use planning guidelines, which also considered gender issues and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

"Trained local communities and civil society groups will also actively participate in the monitoring of REDD+ activities on the ground.

"This ensures that the activities are not being compromised by competing land use needs of the local community, mainly driven by the need for cash and helps address the issue of reversals.

REDD+ stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.



Publication Date: 
Sunday, December 11, 2016